Email God (2005)

"Email God" invites visitors to submit prayers to a higher being with the promise of these prayers being "delivered" via the internet. To date, over six-thousand prayers have been submitted. Each time the site is loaded one of these prayers is selected at random and displayed next to the prayer-entry form.

While I am an atheist, the "Email God" website is constructed in the language of a true believer. The website's mantra is as follows: 1. Because God knows all, he already knows what is in your heart. But by praying aloud or in writing we express our human earnest and sincerity to Him. 2. The Internet offers a new way to reach our Divine Creator: electrical bits and bytes that can travel the entire globe and even bounce off satellites in space -- All in a single instant. 3. This website takes your prayer, translates it into the divine language of binary switches, and sends it through the World Wide Web.

Currently I am in the process of negotiating broadcast time with a satellite service that could beam these messages into deep space, however this aspect is not integral to the function of the website. (The proposed cost of this additional service would amount to roughly $1.00 per broadcast prayer, invoking a debate similar to that on church "indulgences.") Other future services may include an "embed" option to allow visitors to add a random "Email God" prayer embedded into their blog.

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"Email God" invites visitors to submit prayers to a higher being with the promise of these prayers being "delivered" via the internet. To date, over six-thousand prayers have been submitted. Each time the site is loaded one of these prayers is selected at random and displayed next to the prayer-entry form. While I am an atheist, the "Email God" website is constructed in the language of a true believer. The website's mantra is as follows: "1. Because God knows all, he already knows what is in your heart. But by praying aloud or in writing we express our human earnest and sincerity to Him. 2. The Internet offers a new way to reach our Divine Creator: electrical bits and bytes that can travel the entire globe and even bounce off satellites in space -- All in a single instant. 3. This website takes your prayer, translates it into the divine language of binary switches, and sends it through the World Wide Web." Currently I am in the process of negotiating broadcast time with a satellite service that could beam these messages into deep space, however this aspect is not integral to the function of the website. (The proposed cost of this additional service would amount to roughly $1.00 per broadcast prayer, invoking a debate similar to that on church "indulgences.") Other future services may include an "embed" option to allow visitors to add a random "Email God" prayer embedded into their blog.

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